North Marion County Organizations Receive Grants From the Oregon Cultural Trust.

The Oregon Cultural Trust announced Coronavirus Relief Fund Cultural Support grant awards totaling $25.7 million to 621 cultural organizations across Oregon through a partnership between the Oregon Cultural Trust and its County and Tribal Cultural Coalitions.

The funds, allocated to the Cultural Trust for Oregon cultural organizations facing losses due to the COVID-19 health crisis, were made available through a $50 million relief package for Oregon culture approved by the Emergency Board of the Oregon Legislature in July.

A complete list of the awards and amounts is available here.
In North Marion County, awards were made to the following organizations: 
  • Antique Powerland Museum  $71,205
  • Aurora Colony Historical Society  $8,647
  • Mt. Angel Oktoberfest $37,270
  • Silverton Arts Association  $13,757
  • St. Paul Rodeo Association  $81,238

Free Financial Aid Offered to St. Paul Residents Affected by COVID-19.

The City of St. Paul has received federal funds to assist households that have suffered financially from the pandemic. The assistance provides a one-time financial payment to St. Paul city residents who have experienced a loss of income, reduced work hours, unemployment, or increased household expenses as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is NOT designed to assist individuals who were not financially impacted by the pandemic.

The program will start September 21, 2020 and the deadline to submit an application for assistance is October 31, 2020. Applications may be obtained by contacting the City of St. Paul. All applications will be reviewed, and the City Council will approve or deny assistance. All funds are available on a first come-first serve basis.

For more information, click the “download” link below.

Oregon School Activities Association Shifts Fall Season, Condenses All Seasons.

Press Release  from OSAA this afternoon.

The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) shifted its traditional Fall sports season contests to begin in March under a new 2020-21 school activities calendar approved by the association’s Executive Board on Wednesday. The Board also voted to waive current out-of-season coaching policies to allow for student participation during the Fall (Season 1). Participation will be at the discretion of the local school district in those activities allowed per directives from the Governor’s Office, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

“Today’s decisions by the Executive Board provide a framework to maximize the potential opportunity for students in Oregon to participate in three seasons during the 2020-21 school year,” said Peter Weber, OSAA Executive Director. “The Board recognized that a one size fits all approach isn’t what’s best for students across the state. By waiving policy to allow regional participation this Fall, local school districts will have the discretion for participation in those areas that are able to do so safely per state directives.”

The Executive Board took this action following last week’s release of school reopening health metrics by the Governor’s Office and OHA. These metrics will result in nearly all OSAA member high schools starting in a Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) format this Fall which presents challenges for the resumption of school activities. Shifting the season calendar later in the school year provides additional time for more schools to return to a hybrid or on-site learning format while providing flexibility for local school districts to make decisions this Fall that are best for their school communities as health metrics and state guidance in this area continues to develop.

The OSAA’s new calendar provides for three distinct seasons from late December to late June with limited overlap between seasons. Traditional Winter activities will take place in January and February (Season 2), followed by Fall activities in March and April (Season 3), with Spring activities occurring in May and June (Season 4). Each season will feature an equitable 7-week regular season, with adjusted contest limitations, followed by an OSAA Culminating Week. Specific plans for culminating week events will be developed in conjunction with member schools in the coming months in alignment with large group gathering guidelines issued by the state.

The OSAA Association Year will officially begin on August 31 in Season 1 where policies restricting out-of-season coaching have been removed. This allows member school students and coaches, at the discretion of the local school district, to participate in any OSAA-sanctioned activity permitted by directives from the Governor’s Office, OHA and ODE. This participation may include conditioning, practices and interscholastic competitions in those permitted activities provided schools adhere to OSAA policies.

The OSAA will continue to work with the Governor’s Office, OHA, and ODE, along with our Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) to provide information to member schools. Guidance from these entities continues to evolve, along with the pandemic itself, and will impact future OSAA decisions regarding the 2020-21 school year.

Visit for the latest OSAA information regarding the Coronavirus pandemic.

Overnight Standoff With Police Ends In Arrest Of Woodburn Man.

On August 3rd, 2020, at approximately 5:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 8100 block of Highway 219 NE, just west of Woodburn.  When deputies arrived they spoke with a 20 year old female who said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend.  Medics were called to the scene and the female was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The suspect had already left the area prior to the deputies arriving at the home.

Deputies returned to the home shortly before 11:30 pm after learning the male had returned.  As deputies prepared to make contact they were told the suspect was inside the residence with a gun, threatening to kill himself.  Deputies helped family members evacuate from the residence until the male could be taken into custody.  After attempts to get the male to come out of the house were unsuccessful, negotiators and SWAT were called to the scene.

While at the residence, deputies continued loud hailing for the male to come outside and SWAT team members delivered a throw phone into the residence in an attempt to get the male to talk with negotiators on scene.  After prolonged efforts to get the male to speak with negotiators and to surrender were unsuccessful, gas munitions were deployed into the residence shortly after 4:00 am.  The suspect came out of the residence a few minutes later and was safely taken into custody.

Raul Scotte Martinez, 19, of Woodburn was taken to Marion County Jail where he will be lodged for Strangulation, Assault IV, Coercion, Theft II, and Robbery III.

During this incident, Highway 219 was closed to traffic between Willow Avenue NE and Butteville Road NE for approximately 4 hours.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Woodburn Police Department, Woodburn Ambulance, and the Oregon Department of Transportation for their assistance during this incident.

Multiple Agencies Fighting 2-Alarm Commercial Structure Fire On Kropf Road Near Gibson Road, Molalla.

Firefighters from Molalla, Canby, Woodburn, Mt. Angel, and other agencies are fighting a two-alarm commercial structure fire at an ag building used for the storage of dry sawdust on Kropf Road near Gibson Road off Hwy 211 south of Molalla.  Watch out for emergency vehicles responding to the area.

Ex-Treasurer Of Newberg Animal Shelter Board Arrested For Embezzlement; Alleged Loss Approximately $86k.

Press release from YCSO today:

On July 21, 2020 Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office arrested Laura Marie Stone, 39, of Newberg after an extensive, six-month investigation into an ongoing theft scheme perpetrated by Stone while she was associated with the non-profit Newberg Animal Shelter in Newberg, OR.

The investigation alleges Stone, who was on the Newberg Animal Shelter Board and served as Treasurer from January of 2017 through December of 2019, disabled the shelter’s PayPal account and arranged for over $16,000 of donated funds to be directly transferred to her personal PayPal account.  Additional financial investigation revealed that Stone stole an additional $70,000 of cash donations and animal adoption fees from the shelter over that same time frame.

Special Investigations Unit Detective Will Lavish, the primary investigator in the case, obtained financial histories and information and developed the evidence needed for the arrest and presentation to the Grand Jury which resulted in a warrant being issued.  He worked closely with the Newberg Animal Shelter Board members who assisted openly with the investigation.

Stone was arrested and lodged into the Yamhill County Correctional Facility on 8 counts of Theft in the First Degree and Misapplication of Entrusted Property.  Her bail was set at $75,000.


McMinnville Nursery Defrauded Of $4.4 Million. Suspect Arrested.

Press Release from YCSO:

On February 24, 2020 Oregon Pride Nursery, which is located in rural McMinnville, filed a criminal report with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office involving suspected fraud.  The business located some suspicious transactions and performed an extensive audit of their books, finding suspicious transactions dating back to 2013.

Over the course of several months, Oregon Pride Nursery worked with an accounting firm and Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jacob Herr, identifying that from 2013 until 2019 approximately $4.4 million dollars had been embezzled by a former employee, identified as 61 year-old Jeanna Lee Buxton, who currently resides in La Pine, OR.


The case was presented to a Yamhill County Grand Jury who returned an indictment charging 21 counts of Aggravated Theft in the 1st Degree.  A warrant was issued for the arrest of Jeanna Lee Buxton with a bail amount of $200,000.

On July 20, members of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Response Team (CRT) contacted Jeanna Lee Buxton at her residence and took her into custody on the outstanding warrant.  She was lodged into the Deschutes County Correctional Facility in Bend.

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Oregon Pride Nursery for their extensive cooperation in this complex investigation, and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the arrest.


Drowning Victim Recovered From Willamette River Near Newberg.

Press release from from Newbergd FD:

At approximately 6:00 p.m. this evening, callers phoned 911 to report an 18 year old male had disappeared while swimming in the Willamette River near Roger’s Landing in Newberg. Callers advised the male was not wearing a personal flotation device.

TVF&R’s Water Rescue Team quickly responded from the Newberg fire station and began searching the water by boat, utilizing thermal-imaging technology and rescue swimmers.

The search was eventually modified to a recovery mission with the assistance of the Lake Oswego Fire Department Dive Rescue Team.

At around 8:45 p.m. the swimmer was located deceased, in about 20 feet of water, a short distance downstream from Roger’s Landing.  He was identified as Wesley J. Warmoth, 18, of Newberg.

“Our hearts go out to the family of this young man.” said Sheriff Tim Svenson. “This is a tragic situation that unfortunately plays out all too often in Oregon rivers and lakes. We will keep this family in our thoughts.”

In addition to TVF&R’s Water Rescue Team and the Lake Oswego Fire Department Dive Rescue Team, assistance was provided by the Newberg Police Department and the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol.

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